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“no chips, but fish is good”

Icelandic Fish & Chips
Ranked #68 of 486 Restaurants in Reykjavik
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Miõborg
Description: We opened in December 2006. Our goal was to provide fresh and healthy food made with the best available Icelandic ingredients. There was never a question it would be all about fish, fish clearly being our best stuff in Iceland. Borrowing a bit from our neighbours the Brits to make it possible for us to serve a quick meal in bistro style, we went for the simplest of available delights: fish'n chips. But we have changed it a bit. The batter is not the regular one, but our own simplified version without eggs but lots of spelt-spelt being a more complicated carb than regular wheat and therefore crisping up better in the frying oil. Oil-wise, we stay away from Omega 6-laden vegetable oils...Because in the western diet we consume way too much Omega 6. We use rapeseed oil for its tolerance to heat and its Omega 3. And then there's the potatoes: oven-roasted in wedges, and tossed in freshly cut parsley and the locally made salt from Saltverk. We don't wanna fry them because they are high in carbs. Unlike protein-based fish, carbs soak up oil like sponges; we know that oil is essential to our diets, but we really don't wanna overdo it. Anyways, oven-roasted potatoes keep better the potato flavor and we love potato flavor. To us salads are essential to any meal heavily laden with Omega 3. Therefore we offer a selection of salads to everyone's taste. Last but not least our dips are made from skyr, technically fresh cheese, but a uniquely Icelandic milk product that for ages we have treated a bit like yogurt. It is a virtually fat-free protein base that we generously mix with good oils such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and sesame oil, according to what flavor we are mixing in. Everything on the menu is made in our kitchen with the best possible ingredients we can find.
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“no chips, but fish is good”
Reviewed July 2, 2011

As demeter666 wrote, there are no chips, just roast potatoes, and fairly average roast potatoes at that. However, the fish was excellent - fresh and light and crispy. The skyronnaise is a nice Icelandic touch.

I also agree with demeter666 about the signage. It took me several passes to find the place because the larger sign above dominates the building. You'd hardly notice there was a restaurant on the ground floor (maybe at busy times it's more obvious - I went for lunch on a Friday).

Overall it was a decent meal at a relatively good price, but it didn't live up to its reputation.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Unique and tasty fish and chips experience”
Reviewed June 23, 2011

We came here after a long day touring attractions surrounding Reykjavik. My wife ordered the special combo while I ordered baked haddock with pesto sauce. The baked fish was definitely healthier but less tasteful than my wife’s fried haddock. The fried fish was lightly breaded, deliciously crispy and wonderfully fragrant. The accompanying skyr sauce is definitely worth getting – it complements the fried fish very well! Definitely recommended – but get the fried fish, not the baked fish.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Wholesome good value”
Reviewed June 22, 2011

Found ourselves queueing for a table on a cold and winding Friday night in Reykjavik, the place had a mix of tourists and locals.. nice atmosphere, batter was light and crispy potato wedges roasted with rosemary and the fish we chose was called Wolffish which our waitress explained was atype of sea catfish... delicious and reasonable

  • Visited June 2011
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Toronto, Canada
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“Great fried fish”
Reviewed June 22, 2011

We had a really pleasant meal here in early June. Obviously the fried fish was the highlight, although there are eight different dipping sauces (Skyr) which were great, and three types of roasted potatoes (which were so-so).

Overall the restaurant was good value and I would go back again in a heartbeat! If you are in Rekyjavik and looking for a hearty meal I would highly recommend it.

  • Visited June 2011
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“Great simple dinner”
Reviewed June 19, 2011

This was the first restaurant we hit on our trip to Reykjavik, and it didn't disappoint. The restaurant is exactly what it promises... Fish and chips. Choose from a variety of available fishes (we chose cod and blue Lin), with a variety of tartar sauces (we tried a chili one and a garlic one; both were great). Then pick from several seasonings for chips. They came around after we finished and offered dessert... Don't miss the chocolate cake or the hot chocolate. Delicious.

The location was good, though the front of the restaurant was a little unassuming, and it would have been easy to miss, but it's worth watching for.

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